A bottle of Grange ends O’Farrell’s premiership

April 16th, 2014 at 2:15 pm by Jadis

Well the Duke and Duchess are touching down in amidst a political storm.  Barry O’Farrell, Premier of New South Wales has just resigned. O’Farrell’s statement to media says:

“I’ve been advised overnight that this morning at ICAC a thank you note from me in relation to the bottle of will be presented. I still can’t recall the receipt of a gift of a bottle of 1959 , I can’t explain what happened to that bottle of . But I do accept that there is a thank you note signed by me and as someone who believes in accountability, in responsibility, I accept the consequences of my actions.

“The evidence I gave to the independent commission against corruption yesterday was evidence to the best of my knowledge. I believe it to be truthful and as I said yesterday it’s important that citizens deal with police, deal with the courts and deal with watchdogs like ICAC in a truthful fashion.

“In no way did I seek to mislead, wilfully or otherwise, the Independent Commission Against Corruption. But this has clearly been a significant memory fail on my part, albeit within weeks of coming to office, but I accept the  consequences of my actions. And that is that as soon as I can organise a meeting of the parliamentary Liberal party for next week I will be resigning the position and enabling a new Liberal leader to be elected, someone who will then become the Premier of NSW.

“Whilst I’m sure you have questions, I don’t think this is the time for those questions to be dealt with. There will be other occasions for those questions to be dealt with. But what’s important here is that again I’m seeking to support  the process of the Independent Commission Against Corruption, a body that I’ve always supported throughout my career. I’ve accepted that I’ve had a massive memory fail, I still can’t explain either the arrival of a gift that I have no recollection of or its absence, which I certainly still can’t fathom.   “But I accept the consequences. In an orderly way, a new leader will be elected to take on the position of Premier of NSW.”

So it was the bottle (wherever it may be) and his own thank you note that did it.

o'farrell note

Now the fun part.  Who will be the next Premier?  My pick is Mike Baird.

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8 Responses to “A bottle of Grange ends O’Farrell’s premiership”

  1. stephen2d (99 comments) says:

    A bottle of wine is enough for some to resign, yet hotel upgrades, sex for job, performance at the Ngati Whatua room are just “private matters” for others.

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  2. tvb (4,556 comments) says:

    The Company that gave the bottle is at the centre of a corruption inquiry. However it does seem a bit harsh for the Premier to resign. No one seems to suggest OFarrell should not so there may be more to this.

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  3. mikenmild (12,390 comments) says:

    It was a $3,000 bottle of wine, so everyone’s taking it quite seriously.

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  4. Elaycee (4,425 comments) says:

    When this surfaced, I half expected the bottle to have been left at a door and any subsequent ‘thank you’ note to have been penned by a PA… but, no – whilst the bottle was really left at the door by a courier, the ‘thank you’ note was personally penned and signed by the Premier.

    FWIW, I’m bloody sure I’d remember receiving a bottle of 1959 Penfold’s Grange….. and who had sent it!

    Just saying….

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  5. Rex Widerstrom (5,013 comments) says:

    Damned fool. He should have asked for a glass of milk, not a bottle of wine. Then perceptions of impropriety and your supposed forgetfulness about the details count for nought, apparently.

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  6. Paul Williams (880 comments) says:

    It’s a sad day in NZ politics when a NSW Premier shows better judgment than a NZ Cabinet Minister.

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  7. Viking2 (11,678 comments) says:

    Just shows no politco should accept anything cause some areswipe will have you tagged.
    Except in NZ there its,”nothing to see here, move on” ala Clark, Peters Banks et al.

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  8. WineOh (636 comments) says:

    I’m surprised its only worth $3K. Current release in NZ sells around $700, and that needs a minimum of 10 years in the cellar before drinking.

    The joke in the industry is that nobody actually drinks Grange. They just get sold to someone else for a profit.

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